Coming this spring… The Hidden Lineage

From Blog – Bujinkan Kokusai Renkoumyo 武神館國際連光明道場 by bkronline

In search of the history of the Togakure Ryu

I definitely do not want to cause an issue with anyone regarding the cover of the book. In fact, the picture that was up was just a temporary one. The final cover is a surprise as I have been given the approval to include photographs of Hatsumi Sensei and the Shihan from the 1960’s that have never been published before. They are from the collection of Anthony Netzler and Steve Tansley. I owe them some big thanks. The pictures were taken for the book on the ninja by Andrew Adams (1970). Steve Tansley’s father was the photographer to that project and left Steve and Anthony with a beautiful collection of never before seen photographs. I will include a few of the best and hopefully one will don the cover.

The previous photo, the “Kama Mon” is the symbol of the divine at Suwa Shrine (諏訪神社) in Shinshu. It is the symbol of the “Bujin” (武神) enshrined at Suwa. Yes, the same “Bujin” as in the Bujinkan. Due to the close proximity and tribal relationships, the shrine at Togakushi where our Togakure Ryu comes from also uses the “Kama Mon” as its shrines symbol. The “kama” or a sickle is a farmers tool that held high spiritual importance in the rice-based communities. Once the harvest was over each year, the Togakushi region would hold “kama” festivals 「鎌祝い」, to celebrate and give thanks to the shrine’s deities for a good harvest and to pray for another next year.

Also, please enjoy my clip from yesterday’s Taijutsu session


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Keiko#22 TOGAKURE-RYU NINPO-TAIJUTSU with LUBOS POKORNY

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Lubos had spent 3 months training and teaching in Japan right before he came for this seminar. On this video he covers the first six techniques from Togakure-ryu Santo Tonko no Kata, and many different applications with different weapons and multiple opponents.

The training was relaxed and fun, the feeling was just as the trainings in Honbu dojo in Japan. It was a beautiful weekend and the training was outside. Lubos had a microphone on so you can hear him very good..

Recorded in Stockholm May 2008

The instructions is in English.

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About the instructor

Lubos Pokorny (Shihan 15th Dan Happo Biken) is a student of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. As such, he has traveled around the world to take part in Hatsumi Sensei’s training events. During these travels Lubos represents the Czech Republic, beginning his training in 1991, he is the first Czech student of the Bujinkan as well as the founder of the Bujinkan Czech Dojo.

During his stays in Japan, usually 4-5 months per year he also teaches at the Hombu Dojo.

See his web site… bujinkandojo.eu/lubos.php

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Keiko#23 BIKENJUTSU with MATS HJELM

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This movie deals with Batto (quick drawing the sword), Ukemi (breakfalling with a sword), Sword Kamae, and Sword techniques. There is many basics and more advanced techniques, training drills and more.

- Happo-giri, basic cutting techniques
- Taihenjutsu ukemi, rolling with the sword
- Batto/Iainuki, drawing the sword quickly
- Kamae, body positioning and angling
- Bikenjutsu, sword techniques from Togakure-ryu

Recorded in Stockholm June 2008

The instructions is in Swedish, but the instructions is very visible and clear. But we included a 4 page transcript, comments and descriptions in English.

About the instructor

Mats Hjelm started training in Bujinkan for the first time around 1983, but it wasn’t until 1986 he had the opportunity to start training more seriously under a Shidôshi. He attends around 20 seminars, go to Japan 2-3 times every year. Since he started training he never had a training break. He takes his budo training very seriously! If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site www.kesshi.com Note!

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Keiko#21 TOGAKURE-RYU SANTO TONKO NO KATA with MATS HJELM

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This movie contains all 9 techniques from the Togakure-ryû Santo Tonko no Kata. The strategy of the fleeing rat is a collection of 3×3 techniques for quick self defense and then flee away safely.

- 3 Taijutsu techniques (unarmed against one unarmed opponent)
- 3 Muto-dori techniques (unarmed against one swords man)
- 3 Kakushi-buki techniques (hidden weapons against multiple opponents)

Also included on this movie is Sanshin no kata using a hidden knife, plus many taihenjutsu (breakfalling) techniques and training drills.

Included is also a 24 page pdf booklet with the Santo Tonko techniques.

Recorded in Stockholm May 2008

The instructions is in English and there is some subtitles explaining things which is not obvious.

About the instructor

Mats Hjelm started training in Bujinkan for the first time around 1983, but it wasn’t until 1986 he had the opportunity to start training more seriously under a Shidôshi. He attends around 20 seminars, go to Japan 2-3 times every year. Since he started training he never had a training break. He takes his budo training very seriously! If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site www.kesshi.com Note!

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Shugyou#04 TOGAKURE-RYU SANTO TONKO NO KATA with MATS HJELM

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60 minutes, (h.264 M4V/MP4 300p)
20p manual, 499 Mb for $19.99

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Shugyou, in-depth training and study material. Including video and manual

Santo Tonko no Kata is 9 techniques from Togakure-ryu Ninpo-taijutsu / Ninjutsu. It consists of…

- Three unarmed techniques against an unarmed opponent
- Three unarmed techniques against a sword attack
- Three hidden weapons against multiple opponents

The manual is in Swedish, the instructions on the DVD are in Swedish! The Manual covers the first 8 basic techniques. The manual is 20 pages with 30 pictures and illustrations. All technique names with Kanji. The DVD is 60 minutes

Recorded in Stockholm October 2004

About the instructor

Mats Hjelm started training in Bujinkan for the first time around 1983, but it wasn’t until 1986 he had the opportunity to start training more seriously under a Shidôshi. He attends around 20 seminars, go to Japan 2-3 times every year. Since he started training he never had a training break. He takes his budo training very seriously! If you want to sponsor a seminar or course, please don’t hesitate to contact him. For more information see his web site www.kesshi.com Note!

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